SYDNEY, AAP – Miners and energy providers have helped offset an otherwise negative Australian share market and the indices were little changed.

The market on Monday defied a negative US lead from Friday, although the ASX underperformed most Asian markets.

Materials shares, which include the miners, were the best performers and rose 1.36 per cent.

The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index closed down 6.2 points, or 0.08 per cent, to 7447.1 points.

The All Ordinaries index closed lower by 8.3 points, or 0.11 per cent, to 7766.1 points.


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The Australian dollar was buying 71.93 US cents at 1620 AEDT, higher from 71.59 US cents at Friday’s close.